Classic Mysteries (general)

A deadly and not-so-accidental fall down a flight of steps threatens the "niceness" of an exclusive residential hotel. And then Mrs. Pargeter decides to investigate a clear case of murder.

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Edward Powell cannot abide his aunt, and the feeling is mutual. Edward thinks a nice convenient murder would solve the problem. It may be a touch more difficult than he imagines.

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When a young woman disappears without a trace, her family asks Henry Gamadge to help find her. What he finds is a web of hidden passions that lead to murder.

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The women who disappeared had all met a charming man quite recently...but nobody except the missing women could describe the man they knew as Lonelyheart 4122. Then Miss Teatime came along...

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To catch a murderous hit-and-run driver, Archie Goodwin finds himself in a workplace with hundreds of young women - but will Nero Wolfe get the facts he needs to avert more deaths?

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Everyone hated Major Stirrop, the camp commandant - but who actually killed him?

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Jim Henderson wondered why he had been invited to spend a weekend at a country house, a place where the jewels vanished and so did some of the guests.

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Mordecai Tremaine invstigates a murder that spoils a house party.

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Jacko Argyle was convicted of murdering his mother. He died in prison. Now, years after the guilty verdict, there's proof of his innocence. That means somebody else in the family must be a murderer...

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The supermodel Delora Deanne was a composite, really, of many actresses. Now it looked as if somebody was quite literally taking her apart.

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Murder amid a performance by talented stage magicians leaves the police wondering if they can believe their eyes.

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From Conan Doyle to Michael Gilbert, here's a collection of stories about crime in, on, and around trains, edited bu Martin Edwards.

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Benson, the chef at the Whitehall Club, may have made a fatal mistake, using the poison instead of the vanilla extract. Wouldn't it be wonderful if that mistake could only be hushed up? It's not going to be as easy as it may sound...

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Wherever they go, Pam and Jerry North do have an unfortunate tendency to turn up dead bodies., much to the dismay of their good friend, Lieutenant (now Acting Captain) Bill Weigand. This time, it's murder in a Broadway theater - and Pam North might end up in a featured role...

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A dinner party on a remote island turns deadly, when the words of an ancient curse apparently cause the immediate death of one person - and the nearly immediate decomposition of the body.

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When author Bruce Attleton disappeared - and so did his wife - friends were mystified. The secret appears to lie in a rundown artists' studio called "the Belfry" and a mysterious person who calls himself "Debrette"...

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Not everyone liked Nicholas Vaughan, though most people in Mallory Fitzjohn had at least a grudging respect for him. He certainly appeared competent, a man of few words, handy with his hands. It was a shock when a fire destroyed the thatched cottage Vaughan was renting and renovating. Nick Vaughan was trapped in the blaze. The coroner's jury said it was accidental. Others weren't so sure, and it would take Inspector Macdonald of Scotland Yard to come up with a motive and method for murder.

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Arnold Zeck was probably the only man Nero Wolfe feared - with good reason. Confrontation was inevitable - and only one could survive.

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Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin find themselves crossing swords with master criminal Arnold Zeck once again - and nearly lose their lives in the course of the battle, as Wolfe's brownstone home comes under attack.

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Who would want to kill the village doctor in Abbot's Caldicott?? Quite a few people, it would seem. Inspector Littlejohn would find a good deal of snobbery mixed in with more than a little violence.

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Pam and Jerry North came back to their hotel room to find the corpse of a strange woman in their bed. When the corpse is identified, it's going to make the Norths prime suspects.

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A mystery writer points out the astonishing number of unsolved murders in London - happening only on Mondays. Could a single person be responsible for all the bloodshed?

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Nick Latimer had a murderous plan to get rid of his business partners. It didn't work quite the way Nick had expected...

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Half thriller and half screwball comedy, meet Leonidas Witherall, an absolute look-alike for William Shakespeare (in fact, everyone who meets him usually refers to him as "Bill"). Witherall gets involved with a young man whom police say is a murderer. Witherall says no - and proceeds to lead that young man, the police, and a whole group of characters on a merry chase to uncover the real villain.

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Dr. Sam Hawthorne may be a very good doctor, but he's really expert at solving seemingly impossible crimes. Another Crippen & Landru collection by Edward D. Hoch.

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It has been said that Ellery Queen IS the American Detective story. In this collection of short stories, parodies, and pastiches, dedicated to Frederick Dannay and Manfred B. Lee (the two men who were "Ellery Queen"), Josh Pachter and Dale Andrews have collected some fine examples of why EQ was (and remains) a figure of great importance to detective fiction.

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Fifteen classic mystery stories translated from their original languages into English, some for the first time.

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Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin find themselves in the middle of two murder investigations, both concerning exotic and rare black orchids.

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Gwenda knew the old house felt familiar. Had she once witnessed a murder there? And was it safe to know that secret?

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Everyone had detested the old woman, but that was no excuse for murder. It took the best efforts of police and the nuns living at the convent to solve a most unusual case.

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Cosmo Revere was killed when a tree fell on him while he was cutting it down. Only Ludovic Travers believed that the "accident" was really deliberate murder.

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A burglar as hero? That's what readers in 1899 discovered in Raffles, a clever thief and safe-cracker and a most likeable criminal.

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The small-time burglar thought his luck was in, when he found the apparently deserted house. And then he found the bodies...

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Harriet Vane was on vacation when she discovered the body. The victim's throat had been cut - but the killer left no footprints in the sand.

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Chief Inspector Henry Tibbett and his wife, Emmy, go for a sailing holiday - but, for the inspector, there's no holiday for murder.

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It certainly seemed as if Anton the lion tamer had been mauled by the seven ferocious Bengal tigers who shared his circus act. Detective Inspector Minto isn't so sure. He sees a human hand behind the murder.

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An anthology of 15 short stories spotlighting police detectives whose intelligence and understanding make them the nemesis of would-be criminals.

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The cult calling itself the Children of Osiris - COO or just COO-ism for short - finds itself battling over its High Prophet and the question of who should succeed him - a battle that will prove to be quite deadly.

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The party ended early, as guests ran to escape a powerful blizzard. But they couldn't escape a determined killer.

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Gregory Matthews was a singularly nasty and unpleasant person - but was that motive enough for somebody to poison him?

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When Councillor Henry Grayling got off the train, he was carrying a payroll. When he got to his house, the payroll was missing - and the councillor was dying, apparently of poison.

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"The show must go on" - but when one of the actors dies onstage, even that great producer, Douglas B. Douglas, admits, "You can't carry on with the show with a man dying on stage. Drop the curtain!" A biting satire of theatrical excess from the Golden Age of English Detective Fiction.

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An unforeseen accident brought a thirteenth guest to Lord Aveling's hunting party - and then there was murder...

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When a crow drops a human finger at the feet of a couple of hikers, police find themselves searching for the rest of the body - and needing to figure out who or what might have been responsible.

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The case began with a dead dog that may have scared wholesale jeweler Leander Hill to death. And it would grow to be more fantastic that a Hollywood blockbuster. Ellery Queen's new novel was going to be delayed as he struggled to make sense of a story that seemed to get more incredible with each new development.

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The shooting that spoiled the gathering at the country house in Hampshire was no accident. Good thing Sergeant Ridgway was on hand to take over the investigation - but could he follow the clues to a logical conclusion?

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Colonel Anthony Gethryn has been called home to London by his wife, who wants her husband to investigate the case of Daniel Bronson, accused and sentenced to hang for the murder of a man named Blackatter by shooting him in the back of the head. Gethryn believes Bronson is innocent - but without new evidence, the execution will be carried out in five days. A harrowing thriller by Philip Macdonald.

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The renowned artist John Lafcadio had left instructions which should have kept his art in the public eye for many years. A murderer had different priorities. A Classic Mysteries review.

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On the Classic Mysteries podcast, reviews of three mystery novellas featuring the gargantuan Wolfe and the far more agile Archie.

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Two unrelated cases solved by Detective Inspector Littlejohn, issued as a double volume by the British Library Crime Classics series. One deals with a cold case of murder everyone thought had been solved more than 20 years ago. The other presents the murder of a town's well-respected "bonesetter."

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An international club of great detectives meet to share some stories about their fight against crime.

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A woman is on trial for her life, charged with the murder of her nephew. The ultimate decision about her fate will rest in the hands of ten men and two women, the members of the British jury who will try her. How they reach their verdict is shown in harrowing detail.

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The secret of Kraken Street appears and vanishes with the street itself - and one of its secrets seems to be murder.

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Amelia Peabody is a strong-minded, no nonsense amateur archeologist. But who's responsible for the mysterious behavior of an Egyptian mummy?

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A busybody may learn more than it's good to know. That may be why Miss Tither was murdered, her body left in the vicar's cesspool - not nice at all!

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Charles Hayward wanted to marry Sophia Leonides, who lived with her family in a crooked little house named Three Gables. First, however, he had to find a murderer...

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Familiar writers - Agatha Christie, G. K. Chesterton, Arthur Conan Doyle and many more - offering lesser-known tales of crime on the continent.

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"As a study in criminal aberration it is[...]of particular interest, while in singularity of horror and in perversity of ingenious method it is probably unique."

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A small English village in the grip of World War II deals with a series of unexplained violent deaths.

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Constantly changing your will to disinherit your relatives can be extremely hazardous to your health...

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An indispensable history and guide to traditional mysteries, especially from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, with thought-provoking commentary from Martin Edwards. Intended as a companion to the British Library Crime Classics series.

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He knew himself only as "William Smith," but had no memory of his life before the war. Now somebody was trying to kill him - and only Miss Silver could find out why.

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Prudence Pinsent, daughter of the Master of Prince's College, Cambridge, finds herself involved in a drug smuggling investigation that could come very close to home - and could result in murder.

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Like it when a crime seems impossible? Footprints in the sand? Bodies in locked rooms or disappearing out of closely-watched rooms? Here's a collection of crimes that couldn't have happened - but did.

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To quote from the book, “For a scream in the early hours of the morning in Soho, even from a female throat, to stop dead in his tracks a hard-boiled constable who had worked in that cosmopolitan quarter for years, had to be something entirely out of the ordinary, as, indeed, this one was!”

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Gossip, jealousy and hatred among the guests at a classic British Country House gathering ultimately result in murder.

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The murder in the British Museum Library's Reading Room was shocking - and proved to be part of a much larger plot indeed.

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Two police investigators working on two unrelated cases are quite sure they know who committed the crimes. Unfortunately, they're wrong...

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The old servant supposedly committed suicide. To Superintendent Pibble, it looked more like murder - and some charming English eccentricities looking more and more like straightforward madness.

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Found guilty of murder and sentenced to die, his case was hopeless. Then Nero Wolfe stepped in...

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Mrs. Bradley must find out who is guilty of murder - and who may be planning to do it again.

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Two crimes merge into a single search for a missing young man through the French town of St. Antoine and the dangerous alleys of Marseilles.

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Not all honeymoons are happy - even if you're rich, beautiful and famous, you can't always get what you want...

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Unfamiliar stories from familiar authors, plus some excellent choices from the work of lesser-known mystery writers, all wrapped in a neat package by mystery author and historian Martin Edwards.

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A tramp breaks into a deserted house, looking for a place to stay - and finds the odd things happening in that house are matched or exceeded by the even odder things happening in the opposite house across the street.

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A writer of lurid melodrams finds himself living in one in this century-old classic.

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Was somebody cooking the books at the National Calculating Company? Accountant Clarence Fortinbras was just the man to find out - until he met an untimely end.

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Inspector Bobby Owen searches for a missing young man who may have become too dangerous to live.

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When evil things happen to members of the Dain family and their friends, is it bad luck - or a family curse?

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Ellery Queen and his father, trapped by a forest fire, are forced to take refuge in a mountain-top house - where a determined killer is also on the scene.

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“As a gentlewoman, the thought of eavesdropping was extremely repugnant to Miss Silver. As a detective engaged upon a case of attempted murder, she treated her scruples with exemplary firmness.”

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Mrs. Bradley has a pretty good idea who the killer is. The real question is how to find convincing evidence for a conviction.

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The last of six novels written by Earl Derr Biggers about Inspector Charlie Chan of the Honolulu police force.

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Julius Anthony's disappearance is a real mystery. He had no enemies worth pursuing, no secrets worth hiding or sharing. So why was he abducted?

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Stranded at the monastery during a violent storm, Judge Dee finds murder most cruel and madness among the Taoist monks.

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There's nothing like a murder to give you a better perspective of your own problems with the tax collector. Another fast, funny book from the late Sarah Caudwell.

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Philip Marlowe's idle curiosity about a man he sees walking down the street involves him in several murders, the theft of a valuable jade necklace, several cops, all corrupt to some degree, hints of blackmail, considerable physical danger, and entanglements with a number of women. A true classic.

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500 weekly reviews on the Classic Mysteries podcast - a landmark worth celebrating. So here's a "Baker's Dozen" brief reviews of some of my favorite classics.

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They fought about everything - but did their battles end in death?

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Sir John Appleby suspected a publicity stunt when someone stole a painting practically from under his eyes. But the dead artist turned it into something far more serious - and deadly.

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Someone is bent on sabotaging the local historical pageant - and won't stop at murder to do so. Asey Mayo, "the Codfish Sherlock," must figure out who - and why.

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Bill Fent died in a spectacular car crash. If he hadn't, he would have died from a spectacular dose of poison. Another of Aird's "Calleshire Chronicles."

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Maigret investigates the case of a missing woman - was she murdered or had she chosen to disappear? And could it all lead to "the most hateful miscarriage of justice"?

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Mr. Parker Pyne's newspaper ad was most unusual: Are you happy? If not consult Mr. Parker Pyne. Agatha Christie is in fine form with these unusual short mysteries.

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MJ Trow's fictional detectives, Grand and Batchelor, are asked to investigate the apparent murder of Charles Dickens in a new, traditional historical mystery.

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When an elderly relative is all that stands between you and a fortune, quite clearly that obstacle needs to be removed...

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The Warrielaws all hated each other - but did they hate enough to murder for a fabulous jewel?

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The murder took place onstage in the middle of the opening night performance before a huge crowd - yet nobody saw what happened or who did it.

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Superintendent Alleyn of Scotland Yard finds his former teacher could be the target of a desperate killer.

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Someone stabbed Lady Mary Gregor - but no weapon was in the locked room, where her body was found.

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